CHESTER TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Goddard’s Law is having an impact once again in Northeast Ohio.
For the first time in Geauga County Friday morning, someone was charged under the law which makes it a felony to harm a pet.
Chester Township resident, Dennis Dudich, was in court Friday, charged with animal cruelty and discharging a firearm in a prohibited area.
Dudich is accused of shooting his neighbor’s bulldog, Zoey in another neighbor’s yard.
He pleaded not guilty in court to the charges.
Zoey’s owner, Peggy Yagour, told FOX 8 Friday morning, “I hope that he gets the maximum sentence. I hope he loses his guns. He has no right to own guns. I hope he becomes a felon. And if he has to do jail time, so be it.”
If convicted, the 68-year-old could be sentenced to a year in a jail and ordered to pay a $2,500 fine.
Goddard’s Law is named after FOX 8’s long time weather man, Dick Goddard.